Week 29 was the week in which Chain Twenty’s shop opened!! Haleluja, how exciting it is to see my own handmade San Agústin facecloths live in an Etsy shop. As was to be expected, I haven’t sold anything yet. However, you guys’ congratulatory messages were overwhelming and so heartwarming, thank you all for that! I did receive a couple of messages of potential customers who would have ordered if the shipping prices weren’t so high. Obviously, I can’t change anything about shipping, but it’s already so good to know that my products will potentially sell if shipping costs go down or product prices go up (to balance out the shipping). The latter is something I’m specifically working towards, so we’ll see! In the meantime, I’ve been working on designing a headband for the shop and I’ve knitting away on some long-term-projects. Let’s take a look.
DROPS ALASKA MIX IN LIGHT GREY (#03)
Twisted headband #1
I looked at a few patterns, but wasn’t really convinced, so I made up my own twisted headband pattern. Still not really convinced, haha! The band is too small, the twist too loose, and I’m not sure about the two-tone either… So I hope to remake and improve it this week. Since I’ll probably be re-using the yarn in this headband, I don’t count it as skeins out at the end of this post.
YARN: DROPS BIG MERINO // COLORS: ANTHRACITE (MIX #03), OLIVE (UNI #13)
PATTERN: CHAIN TWENTY (TO BE CONTINUED)
Works in progress
This project didn’t get much love this week, which probably has to do with the fact that I’m kinda over it. I added only 4 centimeters to its total length, which is now 81 centimeters. I’ve explored several pattern ideas, made a couple of changes (as well as mistakes) on the go, so this will never be a finished object I’m happy with. Nevermind, the intention was to let it inspire me for a blanket design, and I think I’ve settled on that! Gotta order me some yarn for it first, because I’ve got nothing in my stash that’s suitable for a blanket. I have quite a large amount of this yarn though, which I’m thinking of using in a future, airy, summer garment kind of thing.
YARN: DROPS BABY MERINO UNI // COLOR: OLD PINK (#27)
PATTERN: ADJUSTED VERSION OF THE BROKEN GARTER SCARF BY PURL SOHO
Yay yay yay! This is my favorite project that I’ve been working on lately. The larger it grows, the more visible the short row shaping at the bottom becomes. And I just LOVE how that looks. Even though I really like working on this project, I’ve put in a new lifeline, because I don’t wanna risk ripping back again if I make a mistake. The yarn is pretty fuzzy and warm by the way, so I guess I’ll try adding long sleeves instead of short ones. I think that will suit better the fabric I’m getting with it. Also, the mixed grey of the yarn looks so good in this stitch pattern, I’m kind of inspired to make pillow covers out of it. That’s on some future to-make-list though.
YARN: DROPS ALASKA MIX // COLOR: DARK GREY (#05)
PATTERN: MAE BY ANDREA MOWRY
Twisted headband #2
As I said, I need to make a lot of changes to this design before I’ll be happy with it. I want to add some increases, make some changes in the ribbing and in the twist, and I’ll probably make this one in just one color. Then that’s one less thing to worry about.
One Stop crop top
I’m kind of desperate to get this project on the needles, but I think I’ll have to wait for the right yarn. The ones I have in stash are slightly too thick or don’t have the right fiber content. I don’t wanna mess around trying to make things work, to then have it turn out mweh. But to be allowed to order new yarn, I first have to get more yarn out of stash. Gotta get that Mae tunic off the needles asap!
YARN: TO BE ORDERED
PATTERN: ONE STOP CROP TOP BY EMILY MANASC
San Agústin facecloth
Since I got so many positive responses to my San Agústin facecloth, I’ve decided to write up the pattern and publish it. However, working on the Mae tunic inspired me to try out a slightly different way of construction. I wanna try this out first before I write up the pattern. In any case, the pattern will be available soon. I hope next month!
SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS AVAILABLE ON ETSY
YARN: DROPS PARIS
PATTERN: CHAIN TWENTY (SOON AVAILABLE ON ETSY)
No acquisitions again this month, and no skeins out. Gotta step up my game on that latter part!
In since week 26: 0
Out since week 26: 5 // 5x Drops Paris
Coming week, I hope to finish my headband design, so I can start making them for the shop! I also hope to decide on the San Agústin pattern, write it up, and have it send to testers. If you wanna test knit for me, please let me know! I may or may not do a few more rows on the zigzag scarf, but most knitting-away-time should be devoted to my Mae tunic in order to have it fly of the needles asap!